At Beartooth Haven, our passionate team of dedicated professionals are committed to providing life-changing summer retreats for veterans, first responders, and law enforcement personnel. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization nestled in the picturesque landscape of Montana, we strive to create an environment of camaraderie, healing, and rejuvenation for our heroes. With a diverse range of expertise and a shared passion for serving those who have selflessly served our communities and country, our team works tirelessly to ensure that each retreat is a transformative experience, fostering lasting connections and providing essential support for our honored guests.
We are honored to introduce Jennifer Lorenz, the inspiring founder and board member of Beartooth Haven. A Montana native with over 40 years of residency, Jennifer's unwavering commitment to service began in 1998 when she enlisted in the Montana Army National Guard. Throughout her 16-year career, she served as a helicopter mechanic and technical inspector for UH-1 Huey, UH-60 Blackhawk, and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Jennifer's notable experiences include two tours in Iraq, security detail at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and ferrying aircraft across the United States. In addition to her military service, Jennifer worked full time for the Department of Defense at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Helena, Montana until her retirement in 2014.
Today, Jennifer co-owns Montana Home Solutions, a remodeling and HVAC business, with her husband Drew. She is also pursuing her associate degree in Accounting Technology and a bachelor's degree in Business and Accounting at Montana State University-Billings. Jennifer's passion for service endures through her mentorship of veterans, first responders, and active military members, providing guidance on coping with trauma, tragedy, and loss. Her wealth of experience and dedication make her an invaluable leader at Beartooth Haven.
Deanna Louise, our esteemed Secretary and board member, brings a wealth of experience and empathy to the Beartooth Haven team. Born and raised in Northern California, Deanna has spent the past eight years serving as a Correctional Peace Officer, working in maximum security facilities and some of the nation's most violent prisons. With an Associate of Science in Administration of Justice from Sierra College, Deanna's dedication to her work extends beyond her role as an officer. Passionate about mental health and the well-being of her fellow law enforcement officers and first responders, she has been an active member of the local peer support team for thirteen years. Known for her unwavering commitment to providing care and attention, Deanna has earned a reputation as a trusted mentor to both first responders and veterans navigating the challenges of transitioning back to civilian life. Her invaluable insights and compassionate nature make her an essential member of the Beartooth Haven team.
We are delighted to introduce Linda Couch, a dedicated board member at Beartooth Haven. Having lived in various locations, including Folsom, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada, Linda now calls Rapid City, South Dakota home since May 2022. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from UNLV and boasts 25 years of experience in the HVAC industry as a manufacturing representative. Linda's personal connections to the military, with both her stepfather and birth father serving in the army during the Vietnam War, have given her a deep understanding of the challenges veterans face both during and after their service. In 2012, her family joined the White Star ranks when her father succumbed to the physical and emotional wounds of war.
Linda's connection to the military and first responder community deepened after marrying her husband, a former infantry Marine and Correctional Lieutenant, who brought to light the struggles faced by those in maximum security prisons. Driven by her desire to make a difference, Linda dedicates her time and energy to Beartooth Haven, where she passionately supports veterans and first responders as they navigate the complex emotional battles arising from their line of work.
We are proud to introduce Ryan Couch, a dedicated team member at Beartooth Haven who brings a unique perspective from his more than 20 years of service as a correctional officer in a maximum-security prison in California. As a former US Marine, Ryan understands firsthand the stress and challenges faced by those in high-pressure environments, including the impact that riots, assaults, and other violent incidents can have on one's mental health and well-being.
We are grateful for Ryan's devotion to our cause and his steadfast determination to make a difference in the lives of veterans, first responders, and law enforcement personnel. His unique experiences and drive make him an invaluable asset to the Beartooth Haven team.